Thursday, April 10, 2008

Are you bruised?


This was my "cup of coffee" ezine devo that I sent to my ladies yesterday morning...thought my readers here on the blog might be blessed by it...especially if you are dealing with some "sore spots."


Matthew 12:20-21 “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.” NIV

So, what’s up with this verse?

Jesus has not suddenly taken up working in a greenhouse or making candles. When he’s talking about bruised reeds and candles, he’s talking about people.

Bruised reeds are people who have been hurt – in all different kinds of ways. You can be hurt by life’s disappointments that come along as a result of living in a world where the “rain falls on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). You might be hurt by something intentional that someone did, or even something unintentional. The good news is, whatever the case, Jesus is more than enough to handle it. I’m getting ready to preach on this theme this weekend as I travel to a ladies event and so these thoughts are mulling over in my mind quite a bit.

Praise God, the Bible says that He holds victory in store for the upright! (Proverbs 2:7). If you are a “bruised reed” today, you can be assured, He will lead justice to victory.

When we get a bruise on our bodies, it is sore to the touch for a while until healing comes. For a while we give that spot a little TLC while our body is mending itself. If you are a bruised reed emotionally today, give yourself a little TLC in the Word, spending time in His presence, and worship. Rehearse the good things over and over in your mind that God says about you in His Word. Turn up the volume on His truth loud and clear and shut out the rest. Allow Jesus to mend you.

If you are bruised today, rest in the fact that as you spend time with Him, He will heal you. How long it takes depends on the level of the bruise. But whatever the case, He is always more than enough.

5 comments:

Deborah said...

Deanna, can anyone receive this e-mag. I really enjoyed this. wow really spoke to my heart. love always me

Deanna Shrodes said...

Yes, anyone can sign up. Go to our church website - www.northsideag.org. Then click "Connection". There you will see a place to put your e-mail address in and click and sign up for whatever ones of our e-zines you would like to receive. Some are weekly such as our general church e-zine, then my cup of coffee, then my husband's "E-Male" to the men and we have others that occasionally go out for youth, children, etc.

Lady Melissa said...

These were awesome words of wisdom, if you dont mind, I would like to share with the ladies in the ministry.

Kerry said...

PD, this was very insightful and also uplifting. I'm sure we can all attest to some kind of hurt and disappointment in our lives. One of my favorite quote is, "expect nothing and you will not be disappointed."

Deanna Shrodes said...

Interesting that you would say that, Kerry. A Christian counselor told me that many years ago and I have always tried to live by it. Sometimes it's hard, but it's a great rule of thumb to live by. Thanks for the reminder! :-)